Board opts to keep integration schools open around the metro

  • Article by: DAAREL BURNETTE II , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 19, 2011 - 8:05 PM

But funding for the east metro schools, which have not accomplished academic goals, will be trimmed.

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sidoc2bOct. 19, 11 9:13 PM

Let's see if the parents do what they say. Working together isn't really their strength. Many were quite nasty, actually. I'm glad my son's friends aren't like the parents. As a Harambee dad I am glad to see the board was able to resolve this for now.

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19jack48Oct. 19, 11 9:28 PM

huh?. integration?. what the hell does this have to do with the atrocity done to slaves in 1800's', etc.

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mom2eszOct. 19, 11 9:58 PM

sidec2b - Were you at the same EMID school board meeting that I attended tonight? I saw no nastiness whatsoever.

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sidoc2bOct. 19, 1110:17 PM

FYI mom I attended other meetings and follow communications. Many parents are very heartfelt and positive. Others are condescending and that is not what I want my son to see. I was also at my school where one parent (or teacher maybe but not from Harambee?) confronted board members rudely. I am in full support of the EMID program. I put my son there for several reasons when his district wasn't matching real life but I dont think the parents I observed are as willing to work with the board as this article quotes. Cuts will come. They have to. Are parents ready for that? Studetns in EMID have many advantages and some of those will have to give when funding is cut in half - or worse.

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zsellieOct. 19, 1110:19 PM

EMID was unified tonight both schools teachers and staff and alumni and we do Provide services to other districts!

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northernlOct. 19, 1110:20 PM

This has been an extremely emotional 2 months for the parents and teachers involved in the two schools - as you can tell by the posts coming in (already). It's not expected to be "business as usual" when politics runs our kids' education/future, at least I know I'm not going to sit back and let them run roughshod if what I believe they're doing is underhanded and not in the best interest in the population in general, let alone my own child. Yes, the lioness in me will come out and I won't hide it. I'm a mother and a parent, it's what I signed up for.

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ecelesteOct. 19, 1110:39 PM

I'm sorry there are some parents like sidoc2b who feel that working together has not been our strength. These schools would now be slated for closure if it had not been for the efforts of hundreds of parents working together for the past eight weeks. Together the EMID community turned around not only their own school board's thinking, but ten district superintendents! I, for one, think this work speaks for itself, it could not be done except together. We have only 880 kids in EMID schools, yet over the past two months we've brought out over 200 people each of three board meetings, generated hours of exclusively positive testimony, and educated our school board and communities about the vital work happening in EMID schools. Thanks to everyone who has been involved. And I hope all of us, and scidoc2b, work together to help EMID through the difficult funding challenges and transitions ahead.

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ecelesteOct. 19, 1110:44 PM

By the way, the article mentions an "aggressive social media campaign" by parents. This was mostly a web site and an email list. If you want to see what we were up to, just take a look at http://emidfamilies.org/sos.

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hermanthehunOct. 19, 1111:36 PM

"zsellie" posted: "EMID was unified tonight both schools teachers and staff and alumni and we do Provide services to other districts!" And what would those "services" be? EMID RECEIVES services from the member districts, not vice versa. Additionally EMID was created to assist in achieving integration for Saint Paul, a task it has failed at miserably since it was formed. The reality is that both schools have attracted white students from Saint Paul and students of color from suburban districts, just the opposite of what should have occurred.

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hooptiemplsOct. 20, 1112:48 AM

Just great, more wasting of taxpayers money. I have watched these magnet schools for years. I have yet to see what good they are. The kids that go to them fail more than the normal public schools. They cost way more money than the regular schools. Shut them all down now. THERE IS NO MONEY FOR THIS!

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